Definition of Enemy

1. Noun. An opposing military force. "The enemy attacked at dawn"

Generic synonyms: Force, Military Force, Military Group, Military Unit
Member holonyms: Foe, Foeman, Opposition

2. Noun. An armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force). "A soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
Exact synonyms: Foe, Foeman, Opposition
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Adversary, Antagonist, Opponent, Opposer, Resister
Specialized synonyms: Besieger

3. Noun. Any hostile group of people. "He viewed lawyers as the real enemy"
Generic synonyms: People

4. Noun. A personal enemy. "They had been political foes for years"
Exact synonyms: Foe
Specialized synonyms: Mortal Enemy
Generic synonyms: Challenger, Competition, Competitor, Contender, Rival
Antonyms: Friend

Definition of Enemy

1. n. One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an enemy of or to a person; an enemy to truth, or to falsehood.

2. a. Hostile; inimical.

Definition of Enemy

1. Noun. Someone who is hostile to, feels hatred towards, opposes the interests of, or intends injury to someone else. ¹

2. Noun. A hostile force or nation; a fighting member of such a force or nation. ¹

3. Noun. An alliance of such forces. ¹

4. Adjective. of, relating to, or belonging to an enemy ¹

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Definition of Enemy

1. one that is antagonistic toward another [n -MIES]

Medical Definition of Enemy

1. One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an enemy of or to a person; an enemy to truth, or to falsehood. The enemy, the hostile force. In this sense it is construed with the verb and pronoun either in the singular or the plural, but more commonly in the singular; as, we have met the enemy and he is ours or they are ours. Synonym: Foe, antagonist, opponent. See Adversary. Origin: OF. Enemi, F. Ennemi, from L. Inimicus; in- (negative) + amicus friend. See Amicable. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Enemy

enemy (current term)
enemy combatant
enemy combatants

Literary usage of Enemy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"Gertrude E. Allen enemy property. See enemy property Allen labor Heim v. McCall; decision. ... See enemy property Aliens Act of settlement—revised version. ..."

2. Thucydides Translated Into English by Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides (1881)
"When they had reached the Isthmus and saw the enemy preparing for battle, ... BC 432. the rear; thus the enemy would be assailed on both I. i , ..."

3. International Law; Or, Rules Regulating the Intercourse of States in Peace by Henry Wager Halleck (1861)
""Although," he says " by the general usage of nations, independently of treaty stipulations, the goods of an enemy, found on board the ships of a friend, ..."

4. The Marrow of Tradition by Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1901)
"XXXV " MINE enemy, O MINE enemy! " THE proceedings of the day — planned originally as a " demonstration," dignified subsequently as a "revolution," under ..."

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